2014 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain needs little introduction - year after year, wines from this sub-appellation end up being our most coveted wines whenever we're actually available to get our hands on any. This is an absolute bombshell from one of the finest producers in the area.
Impenetrably black, it offers up a remarkably intense and vibrant nose of licorice, blackberry and toasty oak framed by the yin-yang of sweet florals and scorched earth. Throughout the aromas, there is an ever-shifting and resounding woody spice/loam/mountain sage quality. Rich black fruit rides lush tannins and toasty oak in a long, heady finish.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackberry, Oak, Spice
I think it’s fair to say Howell Mountain Cabernets built to an even remotely “culty” standard will run you well over $85/bottle, with the new “target” price somewhere in the $150-$175 range. If you take into consideration the surgical vineyard management, 3-ton fermenters, and $1200 French oak barrels involved in the production of this wine, without hesitation I can tell you that Lot 605 is an utterly insane bargain at $35/bottle. Need more convincing? Located 1800 feet up above the valley, Las Posadas Vineyard is literally 500 feet away from Dave Abreu’s also named “Las Posadas” (ahem, $600/bottle) to the north and the legendary La Jota to the south.